Recode is reporting that the Greenwood Institute of Medical Sciences in Oregon has found a gene that encodes a protein that helps control the development of autism spectrum disorders.
The institute announced the discovery on Monday, describing it as a “significant discovery.”
The new gene is located in the protein known as GADD5, and was found to have a specific functional role in autism.
It’s the second discovery of a gene for ASD found in a greenwood tree, which was previously identified in a human gene found in the family tree of the same genus.
The discovery is important because it provides further evidence that greenwoods can be a safe and effective treatment option for people with ASD, the institute said.
“The genetic research indicates that if a tree is grown in a greenhouse, its potential for therapeutic benefit can be enhanced by using a green tree for its roots, roots, and leaves,” the institute added.
“We are excited about this finding and hope that the gene will eventually be found to be part of the tree’s genome.”